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The Healing Power of Anger: The Unexpected Path to Love and Fulfillment [Paperback]

By John R. Rifkin (Author)
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Conventional wisdom views anger as red-hot yelling and screaming, a force to be feared and repressed. But psychotherapist John Rifkin views anger in a revolutionary way --- as the natural energy created to heal one's emotional injuries. In The Healing Power of Anger, Rifkin explains how to identify dysfunctional uses of anger so that readers can "unbend" it and become empowered and self-nurturing. To do so, he explains his Stop, Drop, and Roll system, which he's used with clients for more than 20 years. In addition, Rifkin explores the childhood roots of anger, the spectrum of angry behavior, how anger can be a gift to a relationship, and ice-cold passive-aggressive anger. He also discusses anger's links to addictions, anxiety, mood disorders, and difficulties with emotional intimacy. Readers will come away with new insights into their emotions and behavior and new skills for using their anger in a healthy, functional manner.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Paraview Special Editions
ISBN  1931044821  
ISBN13  9781931044820  

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Gotta get it  Jun 22, 2008
John Rifkin's wonderful book highlights his own down to earth common sense, which is really refreshing in a field that has been spitting out the same information for decades.

Great stories, great advice, great tips, great's an invaluable tool that answers to the most foundational challenges of our culture: using anger to heal and deepen our relationships. It's very timely piece of work.

I offer the book to clients who purchase my product and I'm proud to say that one of my clients is a prison guard in L.A. He is going to develop and implement programs for his prisoners based on John's new perspective on anger management. John's approach puts it all into a whole new we desparately need in our society as we try to find new depths to love and living. This book has been long awaited for and is a real contribution to the field of psychotherapy.

(Way to go John!!!)

Great supplement to psychotherapy  Jan 16, 2007
I am a psychologist who frequently recommends Dr. Rifkin's book to patients. Anger is complicated and difficult to manage. The old conventional wisdom was the simplistic idea that expressing anger is healthy. Obviously, that isn't true because if it were true, those who expressed the most anger would be the healthiest. Dr. Rifkin approaches anger with a refreshingly positive perspective and guides patients through the complexities of managing it.

My patients tell me that his book makes sense and clarifies how to manage anger. It takes anger from something that derails them, to being able to move forward when they can identify their anger. This book is a wonderful supplement to therapy.
A primer that can put you on a path toward more emotional success  Sep 29, 2006
Often we express anger unproductively in our relationships, reenacting old stories from our past that no longer serve us well. Parents, siblings, our families and communities we grew within helped formulate our attitudes toward our own independent choices. A great deal of our past contributes to how we perceive our current reality. But even though past circumstances are part of our own chosen evolution, when we are unable to be a passerby and move through those difficult lessons with ease and acceptance, we often carry knee-jerk reactions to all kinds of present reality rejections, events and people, or even work scenarios.

In his book, "The Healing Power of Anger" John R. Rifkin, Ph.D. provides us with new perspectives on how to understand anger and turn it into ways to cultivate more stability and intimacy. Unattended to, anger can subject us to intense emotional injury but when viewed as a vehicle to be more consciously aware of living in the present, we can embrace our everyday soul journey and allow more love to permeate our lives. If you are looking for a primer that can put you on a path toward more emotional success, this book will get you to pay greater heed to your physical and emotional state and be more self-aware on many levels.

Charlene M. Proctor, PH.D, Author of let Your Goddess Grow! Seven Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking and The Women's Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations that Change Everyday Problems into Moments of Potential.
An unexpected delight  Aug 15, 2006
Look everywhere in this world, you'll find evidence of blind rage - a heightened level of anger has taken up permanent residence in the human experience. We're more easily frustrated, less patient and more apt to bluntly express our negative thoughts and emotions.

So many self-help books talk about "anger management," with an emphasis on techniques, relaxation, addressing symptoms. In the first few chapters of Dr. Rifkin's book, I experienced an unexpected shift in my level of clarity about what anger is and what it isn't. Understanding unlocked not only the mysteries of my own anger, but helped shed some light on anger directed toward me. I found the text on anger and depression particularly interesting, having lived with someone who dealt with depression for several years.

The real-life examples were particularly helpful in keeping me engaged in the book, and they provided a real life connection between theory and practice in using Dr. Rifkin's techniques. It's easier to learn when you can "see" how something really works. Overall, I found the book engaging and would recommend it not only to those who struggle with anger, but also to anyone who lives with someone who does.
Practical steps and methods... clearly presented with the end user in mind.  Aug 10, 2006
The 'Healing Power Of Anger' is great as a manual for those who are wrestling with controlling their anger! John's writing style is entertaining and illuminated with many examples of vignettes that make his concepts more easily understood. He examines the role of psychotherapy and anger in a bio-psycho-social context. So, when he talks about his 'Stop, Drop & Roll' method, used for managing one's angry/hostile behavior, he thoroughly covers the obstacles to making the method work. Biological, psychological and social factors that prevent awareness and action that result in successful halting of hostile behavior are covered well.

He also makes sure that readers take a look at how depression, posttraumatic stress, substance abuse and anxiety disorders are major factors in anger management. His discussion of these disorders is an extremely helpful addition to the literature. In my experience of working with hundreds of couples in high conflict, about half of the couples can take the methods and use them with good results. The other half has one or both partners that have one of these disorders which hinders being able to control their behavior.

John's book will help many relationships with the simplicity of his techniques and his real world writing that doesn't demonize the partner that acts out their anger abusively. I am recommending his book to attendees of my Los Angeles seminars.

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